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State Sen. Joseph Cryan. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Cryan lauds Murphy pick of black woman for N.J. Supreme Court

Union County Senator: ‘Pierre-Louis is someone from our own neighborhood who will be held as a shining example for future generations of what can be achieved when you work hard and dedicate yourself to attaining greatness

By David Wildstein, June 05 2020 11:47 am

State Sen. Joseph Cryan (D-Union) today hailed Gov. Phil Murphy’s nomination of Fabiana Pierre-Louis as the first black woman – and the first person of Haitian descent – to serve on the New Jersey Supreme Court.

“It is a nomination that is long overdue in New Jersey and Governor Murphy should be commended for making this important, historic announcement,” Cryan said.  “Now, more than ever, we see the importance of making sure individuals that truly reflect the diverse nature of our State are in positions of authority.  Ms. Pierre-Louis’ nomination today is a bright step forward.”

Cryan pointed to Pierre-Louis’ ties to Union County, where she attended Union Catholic High School in Scotch Plains – the hometown of New Jersey’s first African American Supreme Court Justice, James H. Coleman, Jr.

“Ms. Pierre-Louis is someone from our own neighborhood who will be held as a shining example for future generations of what can be achieved when you work hard and dedicate yourself to attaining greatness,” said Cryan.

Cryan signaled his intent to vote to confirm Pierre-Louis to the state’s top court.

“I look forward to seeing everything she will accomplish as a member of the New Jersey Supreme Court,” he said.

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